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Reforming Our Universities: The Campaign for an Academic Bill of Rightsby David Horowitz
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"No one has been more important to the cause of academic freedom in America than David Horowitz. Reforming Our Universities is not only a must read for those concerned about leftwing bias on campus; it is the story of how a small group of determined people, armed with the truth, can stand up to powerful, entrenched interests and make a difference."
—Newt Gingrich, New York Times bestselling author of To Save America
"This impassioned rehearsal of David Horowitz's efforts to have the Academic Bill of Rights adopted by states and universities will provoke counternarratives by those who are on the other side (as I sometimes am) of the issues he raises. If so, all to the good; it is exactly what Horowitz wants, a dialogue on these questions, and it is a dialogue we should have."
—Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and professor of law at Florida International University
Reforming Our Universities is the story of one man's efforts to restore educational principles to academic classrooms, and why he failed. It exposes the voices inside the educational establishment who are opposed to change and indifferent to principle, and explains why liberal arts colleges are becoming indoctrination centers for partisan interests and political sects. An indispensible book."
—Candace de Russy, former trustee, State University of New York
"David Horowitz is a national treasure. In his courage, passion, and perseverance he has done more than anyone to expose the rottenness—moral and political as well as intellectual—that has infected the heart of American higher education. In this explosive new book, he adds treatment to diagnosis, providing concrete, workable strategies to achieve what many of us had given up as hopeless: reclaiming the university. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of American culture."
—Roger Kimball, author of Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education
Its no secret that our universities have become hotbeds of radical leftist thought. While professors and administrators pay lip-service to concepts like open-mindedness and robust debate, they try to squash any opinion that doesnt match their radical left world view. Well, world-renowned campus activist David Horowitz wants to bring diversity back to the college campus! This Fall, he will launch a new book—and a new campaign—to shine the light on the college thought police. In his new book,Reforming Our Universities, Horowitz will describe his decades-long campaign against intellectual bigotry, grade discrimination, and the denial of basic rights to any and all whose opinions diverge from the extreme liberal orthodoxy. And on college campuses across the country, Horowitz will launch an “Adopt a Dissenting Book” campaign, which urges professors to include conservative and pro-American books and resources as part of their overall curriculum. Reforming Our Universities will lay out his blueprint for reversing leftist indoctrination on campus though an Academic Bill of Rights. Horowitzs reform is not a partisan call for universities to hire more conservatives, but rather a call for true academic freedom, where students as well as teachers are free to say what they think.
A Modest Proposal to Fight Liberal Intolerance on College Campuses:
An Academic Bill of Rights
For far too long our colleges and universities have been allowed to ignore their chartered responsibilities to educate rather than indoctrinate.
Instead of providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas, they intimidate students into ideological submission to leftist professors; rather than pursuing meaningful research, they proselytize for radical causes.
In this important new book, New York Times bestselling author David Horowitz tells the dramatic story of his ongoing campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights to protect students who want to think for themselves and refuse to conform to radical orthodoxies.
As Horowitz shows, despite his pleas for tolerance of diverging points of view, his modest proposal that universities should respect intellectual diversity has been greeted with hateful hysteria, protests, and even violence—exposing, in the process, how thoroughly rotten, corrupt, and radical higher education has truly become.
Horowitz means to recall higher education to its better self, to become—as it once was—a place where students and teachers were not afraid to question opinions, create their own, and engage in Socratic dialogue. Horowitz remembers when the university was exactly that, and he acknowledges his own part in helping to tear it down. And now he wants to undo the damage and make our colleges and universities once again centers of learning and free
Reforming Our Universities just might be David Horowitz's most important book.
About the Author
David Horowitz is the best-selling author of four previous books on universities: Uncivil Wars, Indoctrination U., The Professors, and One-Party Classroom. He has spoken at nearly 400 universities in the last twenty years, and his educational campaigns have been the subject of feature articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chronicle of Higher Education, InsideHigherEd.com, and the Washington Post. He is the president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which is based in Sherman Oaks, California.
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